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New Releases

10th February 2015

There have been two new releases with me as sideman over the past couple of weeks, both of groups that are very close to my heart. Firstly, No Go Stop have released their first record 'Agbara Orin' which is Yoruban for 'The Power of Music'. We had a cracking couple of launch gigs at The Fleece in Bristol and Passing Clouds in Dalston, although I unfortunately developed a fever during the gig (very Afrobeat I thought). Secondly, a DVD of Eliza Carthy's large ensemble Wayward Daughter has come out on Scarlet Records. The footage is taken from two gigs of our summer 2013 tour that marked 20 years of Eliza playing live. It was a complete blast and we even had a tour bus! We'll be playing a handful of UK festivals over the summer and touring the UK next October. Check the dates section for more details. There are links to both releases below. Check 'em out.



Third Nick Malcolm Quartet Record

25th January 2015

The quartet will be going back into the studio in September to record our third record. This time, however I'll be realising a long held ambition of writing for female voice, four in fact! I'm extremely pleased to have Lauren Kinsella, Emily Wright, Marie Lister and Josienne Clarke on board. I'll be collaborating on writing with each of these fantastic musicians over the next few months. Each of them has an extremely personal and distinctive approach to singing that I've grown to know and love in our previous work together. It'll be my enjoyable challenge to try and bring these qualities out in the writing. Can't wait.





Creative Orchestra, Manchester

13th October 2014

Have just got back from a fantastic four days in Manchester with this new project. Conducted by bassist and Loose Tubes founder Steve Berry, the group consisted of seventeen musicians, many of whom wrote new pieces (including me!). We had a cracking gig at Band on the Wall on Sunday night, from which I'll hope to be able to post some video/audio soon. A real privilege to get to write something for a larger group (including strings) for such a great group of musicians. Very much looking forward to doing it again!

EFG London Jazz Festival Shows

10th September 2014

Excited to announce three gigs at the EFG London Jazz Festival. Moonlight Saving Time will be playing Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho on Monday 17th November, Alphabets will be at the Servants Jazz Quarters on Wednesday 19th November and finally the Nick Malcolm Quartet will be playing the Royal Festival Hall Foyer at 2pm on Saturday 22nd November. See you there!


'Beyond These Voices' Reviews

9th September 2014

Really grateful to have received some cracking reviews for the new record. Jazzwise:

The Independent:

and from Phil Meadows in Jazz UK:

as well as some online:


We also got a lovely write up of our album launch gig at the Vortex on June 2nd from Richard Williams on his blog 'The Blue Moment':


NM Quartet Tour Dates

10th Apri 2014

Really looking forward to our tour to promote the new album. The final details are on the dates section of the site and on the flyer below

NM Quartet on Jazz on 3

25th Feb 2014

Thanks to everyone who tuned into the quartet on Jazz on 3 last night! You can listen again until next Monday here:

The new album has just gone off to the printers and should be here in about three weeks. Check the 'dates' section of the site for our tour throughout May and June. I'm very pleased with the music on the record which I think is a lovely extension of what we were doing on the first album. Meanwhile here's a preview of the beautiful artwork by Olie's brother, Jethro Brice (http://www.jethrobrice.com) and liner notes by Liam Noble (http://www.liamnoble.co.uk)

Nick Malcolm CD

Big love,

Nick x

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£10 each £15 for both + P&P

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“One of the UK's best contemporary jazz ensembles.”



Nick Malcolm is an original, heart-felt improviser. His rich, warm sound and sense of improvisational daring inform each and every musical situation and he plays with a total commitment to the music in the moment, whatever the stylistic context.

His main group, the Nick Malcolm Quartet, features pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Olie Brice and drummer Ric Yarborough. They play original compositions combining the rhythmic and harmonic complexities of contemporary jazz with the intensity and interaction of free improvisation. Their first album,‘Glimmers’, was released in May 2012 on FMR records. After a BBC Radio 3 'Jazz on 3' broadcast in February last year, the quartet released it's second album 'Beyond These Voices' to rave reviews in June 2014, with Richard Williams calling the group 'a highly evolved mechanism in which four voices create a sense of perfect integration'. Most recently they appeared at the EFG London Jazz Festival 2014. He will be recording his third album with this band, 'Real Isn't Real', with the addition of a second quartet of female vocalists in September 2015. Nick gratefully acknowledges support from PRS Foundation towards the making of this album.

Nick also co-leads the improvising trio 'Alphabets' with cellist Hannah Marshall and vocalist Lauren Kinsella. They will be releasing their debut album in 2015. He is a member of vocalist Emily Wright’s ‘Moonlight Saving Time’ as well as UK folk musician Eliza Carthy's 'Wayward Daughter' band. He has worked with musicians as diverse as Roger Turner, Gail Brand, Dominic Lash, Laura Jurd, Get The Blessing's Jake McMurchie, Guillaume Viltard, Shabaka Hutchings, Josienne Clarke and Jim Moray. In November 2013 he was chosen to take part in Take Five Edition IX, a professional development scheme for emerging creative jazz musicians run by Serious.

He has studied with Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Batchelor, Dave Wickins and Ralph Alessi and teaches jazz trumpet at Wells Cathedral School.

'...this is only his second release as leader...but the quality of the work bodes very well for the future...' **** - Kevin LeGendre, JAZZWISE

'...establishes the Nick Malcolm Quartet as one of the UK's best contemporary jazz ensembles...one of the best British jazz releases of 2014. A strikingly mature statement...'...' - JAZZMANN

'...well considered, well rehearsed and brilliantly executed...' - JAZZ UK

'...one of the most interesting bands on the UK scene...' - LONDON JAZZ NEWS

'...a supremely gifted musician...a trumpet player for the twenty first century fully conversant with the post-war history of his instrument...wow!' - BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

'...fierce musical intelligence and wonderful openness to each other [in this] deliciously original album...' - JAZZWISE

‘Malcolm’s playing becomes magisterial, stripping and deconstructing the bare bones of the tune...’ - VENUE MAGAZINE

‘Phenomenal tonal control...’ - OXFORD TIMES

'The trumpet technique is impressively controlled, and he finds original things to play on the simplest songs. The quartet is a marvel of invention and interaction...' - MOSTLY JAZZ IN BRISTOL



26th February 2015 : Nick Malcolm Quartet W/ COREY MWAMBA

8pm, Jazz Nursery, The Golden Hinde, London

6th March 2015 : Greg Cordez Quintet

6pm, Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

6th March 2015 : Bruce/Illett Big Band

9pm, Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

7th March 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time

1.45pm, Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival

15th March 2015 : Trio w/ Tom McCredie and Simon Roth

9pm, Chaos Collective @ The Vortex, Dalston

24th March 2015 : No Go Stop

9pm, The Big Chill, Bristol

28th March 2015 : Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers

9pm, Musician, Leicester

3rd April 2015 : Nick Malcolm Quartet Double Bill w/ Laura Jurd Quartet

8pm, The Con Cellar Bar, London

1st May 2015 : Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers

9pm, Hull

3rd May 2015 : Nick Malcolm Quartet

9pm, The Vortex, Dalston

8th May 2015 : Hannah Williams and the Tastemakers

WOMAD Festival, Spain

18 May 2015 : w/ Gail Brand Sextet

8pm, Cafe Oto, Dalston

23rd May 2015 : No Go Stop

Knockengorroch Festival, Scotland

4th June 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

9pm, Nottingham Jazz

4th June 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

9pm, Fleece Jazz, Essex

17th June 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

9pm, Bournemouth Jazz

18th June 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

9pm, The Spin, Oxford

21st June 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

2pm, Southport Jazz

23rd June 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

9pm, Par Jazz, Liverpool

24th June 2015 : Alphabets

6pm, Corey Mwamba's 'Family Album', Derby

24th June 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

9pm, Lescar, Sheffield

30th June 2015 : Moonlight Saving Time ALBUM LAUNCH TOUR

9pm, Jazz NE, Newcastle

5th July 2014 : Guest @ Jazz Rendezvous

4pm, The Fringe, Bristol

10th July 2014 : Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers

Imagina Funk, Spain

11th July 2014 : Eliza Carthy & Wayward Daughter

10pm, Ely Festival

13th July 2015 : Nick Malcolm Quartet

9pm, Freedom Principle, Manchester

14th July 2015 : Nick Malcolm Quartet

9pm, Spotted Dog, Birmingham

15th July 2015 : Nick Malcolm Quartet

9pm, Lescar, Sheffield

16th July 2015 : Nick Malcolm Quartet

9pm, Jazz @ Future Inns, Bristol

31st July 2014 : Eliza Carthy & Wayward Daughter

Camp Bestival

8th August 2014 : Eliza Carthy & Wayward Daughter

Wickham Folk Festival

14th August 2015 : No Go Stop

Boomtown Festival

5th September 2015 : Eliza Carthy & Wayward Daughter

Robin Hood Folk Festival

As leader

Nick Malcolm Quartet

NM - Trumpet, Alexander Hawkins - Piano, Olie Brice - Bass, Ric Yarborough - Drums


NM - Trumpet, Hannah Marshall - cello, Lauren Kinsella - Voice

As sideman

Moonlight Saving Time

Emily Wright - Voice, NM - Trumpet, Dale Hambridge - piano, Will Harris - Bass, Mark Whitlam - Drums

Tom Hewsom Quintet

Tom Hewsom - Piano, NM - Trumpet, George Crowley - Tenor, Fergus Ireland - Bass, James Maddren - Drums

Greg Cordez Quintet

Greg Cordez - Bass, NM - Trumpet, Jake McMurchie - Tenor, Jim Blomfield, Mark Whitlam - Drums

No Go Stop

Afrobeat, Soul

Eliza Carthy's 'Wayward Daughter'


A link to some writing on various jazz and improvisation related topics....
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